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Thursday, May 17, 2018

IGEM welcomes the launch of the 'Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: final report' by engineer Dame Judith Hackitt today which finds that a new regulatory framework for higher-risk residential buildings (HRRB's) is required to improve building safety and ensure that residents are safe.

The report sets out an ambitious vision for a new framework which will improve standards for both new and existing buildings. A principled approach lies at the heart of this report which will drive real culture change, accountabilities and the right behaviours within the sector.

IGEM supports the need to adopt a very different approach to the regulatory framework that covers the design, construction and maintenance of such buildings. HRRBs are complex systems where the actions of many different people can compromise the integrity of that system.

This report aligns with the responses put forward by IGEM during the Review's consultation stage.  A very clear model of risk management exists within the gas industry and other major hazards industries working under a safety case regime.

IGEM also welcomes the recommended approach on competence assurance and supports the proposal for relevant Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) to work with the Engineering Council to develop a contextualised standard for chartered and incorporated engineers working on HRRBs.

Neil Atkinson, CEO


IGEM welcomes the launch of the ' Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety: final report' by engineer Dame Judith Hackitt today which finds that a new regulatory framework for higher-risk residential buildings (HRRB's) is required to improve building safety and ensure that residents are safe.

The report sets out an ambitious vision for a new framework which will improve standards for both new and existing buildings. A principled approach lies at the heart of this report which will drive real culture change, accountabilities and the right behaviours within the sector.

IGEM supports the need to adopt a very different approach to the regulatory framework that covers the design, construction and maintenance of such buildings. HRRBs are complex systems where the actions of many different people can compromise the integrity of that system.

This report aligns with the responses put forward by IGEM during the Review's consultation stage. A very clear model of risk management exists within the gas industry and other major hazards industries working under a safety case regime.

IGEM also welcomes the recommended approach on competence assurance and supports the proposal for relevant Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) to work with the Engineering Council to develop a contextualised standard for chartered and incorporated engineers working on HRRBs.

 

Neil Atkinson, CEO